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Easy Pickin’s: Massive grape vines grow on La Jolla Shores house

Cynthia Bond and Rob Whittemore gather grapes from their vines.
Cynthia Bond and Rob Whittemore gather grapes from their vines.

The southern side of Rob Whittemore and Cynthia Bond’s beachfront home in La Jolla Shores became a mini-vineyard this summer, after three grapevines Bond planted several years ago grew beyond expectations.

Cynthia Bond and Rob Whittemore gather grapes from their vines.
Cynthia Bond and Rob Whittemore gather grapes from their vines.

They had always stayed small, Bond said, but this summer the wine grape vines grew full enough to cover almost the entire side of their home and commingled with other plants, like the bougainvillea already there.

Grapevines create a canopy near the walkway of Cynthia Bond and Rob Whittemore’s La Jolla Shores home.
Grapevines create a canopy near the walkway of Cynthia Bond and Rob Whittemore’s La Jolla Shores home.

With the explosive vines came an influx of grapes. The couple recently had a mass harvest of all the clusters they could grab, and have already made several jars of jelly and jugs of juice.

Alice Harmon helps with the grand grape harvest.
Alice Harmon helps with the grand grape harvest.